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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zenit St. Petersburg Downs Man Utd to Lift Super Cup

MONACO -- UEFA Cup holder Zenit St. Petersburg became the first Russian team to lift the European Super Cup after beating Champions League winner Manchester United 2-1 on Friday.

Goals from Pavel Pogrebnyak and record signing Danny, on his debut, gave Zenit's Dutch coach, Dick Advocaat, victory over his old rival Alex Ferguson, who was bidding to become the first manager to win the trophy for the third time. Ferguson's mood was not helped by midfielder Paul Scholes' 90th-minute red card for handball, his second caution.

United's best moment arrived when defender Nemanja Vidic pulled a goal back 17 minutes from time but Zenit, playing in front of 7,500 of their own fans as well as Chelsea's billionaire Russian owner, Roman Abramovich, held on for victory.

Pogrebnyak, who missed the UEFA Cup final win over Rangers through suspension, put Zenit in front after 44 minutes when he headed home a flick from Igor Denisov after a well-delivered set-piece by Alejandro Dominguez.

Danny, who joined earlier in the week in a 30 million euros ($44.12 million) deal from Dynamo, doubled the lead after a superb solo run 15 minutes later.

He picked the ball up just inside United's half and finally beat Edwin van der Sar with an unstoppable low shot.

Advocaat, meanwhile, ended media speculation over a move to England for Andrei Arshavin, saying the Russia playmaker would be staying with the UEFA Cup holders.

"Tottenham did not offer the ?22 million [$40.28 million] we wanted for him and what we think he is worth. They offered ?16 million and, with respect, that is not enough so that's the end of it," he said.

n Tottenham completed a deal Saturday to buy Roman Pavlyuchenko from Spartak, The Associated Press reported. Tottenham did not disclose details of the deal, which comes just two days before the Premier League transfer window closes.